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Offense Explodes In First Quarter


The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in Sunday's season finale, scoring touchdowns on two of their three possessions in the first quarter. Here are the key plays from the first 15 minutes of action …

Vintage DeMarco Murray

After leading the NFL in rushing last season with 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns, DeMarco Murray has struggled in his lone season with the Eagles. Entering today's game, he'd notched 633 yards and five touchdowns through 14 appearances. But on his first carry of the day against the Giants, the 27-year-old back set a season-long with a 54-yard touchdown run that came with quarterback Sam Bradford lined up under center.

Eagles Make Strong Stand At The Goal Line

After allowing the Giants to march down from the Philadelphia 47 down to the team's 5-yard line, the Eagles were able to hold New York to a field goal that made it 7-3. On first down, Shane Vareen was tackled by linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Marcus Smith two yards past the line of scrimmage, on second down safety Walter Thurmond broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Will Tye, and on third down pressure on Eli Manning forced the veteran quarterback to throw the ball out of the back of the end zone.

Huge Play To Ertz Sets Up Punch-In By Sproles

On the Eagles' third drive of the day, Sam Bradford hooked up with tight end Zach Ertz for a strike about 40 yards down the field. The third-year tight end was able to pick up about 20 yards more after the catch, bringing the ball down to the 6-yard line, where running back Darren Sproles scored on the very next play on a run to the outside. At the end of the first quarter, the Eagles lead 14-3.

The Eagles traveled to New York to face the Giants in their final game of the 2015 season. View the full gallery here...

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